CBI questions ex-Isro chief in Antrix case


The CBI on Thursday questioned former Isro chairman G Madhavan Nair for allegedly keeping the then “UPA government in the dark” and his “conflict of interest” in the Antrix-Devas deal.Nair, who was chairman of Antrix’s governing council when the deal was finalized, was barred from holding any government post for his alleged role in the deal after a probe led by former CVC Pratyush Sinha found irregularities.TOI had first reported the CBI’s FIR in the case, which had named then executive director of Antrix K R Sridhara Murthi, M G Chandrasekhar and R Vishwanathan of US-based company Forge Advisors, Devas Multimedia Private Limited and unnamed officials of Antrix, ISRO and Department of Space.

The CBI’s initial probe revealed that the Union Cabinet under former PM Manmohan Singh was kept in the dark and provided wrong information about the Antrix-Devas space band spectrum deal and the decision led to “wrongful” gain of 578 crore to Devas Multimedia The CAG had said Nair failed to consult ministries which were key stakeholders in the Devas deal and that he failed to convene meetings at which representatives from different ministries could have voiced objections to the deal. It is alleged that the accused people had entered into a criminal conspiracy and government officials abused their position by favouring Devas by giving it rights for delivery of videos, multimedia and information services to mobile phones using S-Band through GSAT-6 and GSAT-6A satellites and terrestrial systems in India

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